Above you see part two of the Radio Free Charleston Halloween Special for 2013. Just like with part one(which you can see here), we recorded this show at Shocka-Con. Our thanks go out once again to Mike and Rose Winland all the Shocka-Con volunteers for helping to make this show possible. If you haven’t seen part one of our show, go here and check it out.
This week you will hear music from The Nanker Phelge, Foz Rotten and his dirty scoundrels, The Big Bad, The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque and The Renfields. Plus you will be subjected to my inept interviews with RJ Haddy, Ghostbusters WV, Eliska Hahn, Danny Boyd, Vincent Renfield and a Dalek. There’s plenty of other wild sights and sounds of Shocka-Con presented here, starting with a remix of the internet sensation, the Twerking Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
The music kicks off with a new tune from The Nanker Phelge, “Wolfman Moontan,” which is very appropriate for a Halloween show. Note that the Phelge are decked out all Droogy in their finest “A Clockwork Orange” duds.The band is currently recording new songs.
We then see our host, Rudy Panucci, and his first interview of the show, this time with Ghostbusters West Virginia. This leads into a rather amazing impromptu wrestling match between Chance Prophet and The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Chance recovers sufficiently to introduce Foz Rotten and his Dirty Scoundrels who tear into “Funklips” from their new album, “Party On!” This performance is actually enhanced by the studio recording to cover up an audio glitch, but you might not be able to tell ‘coz it’s so damn slick.
Following Foz, we bear witness to the Scream Contest, hosted by “Scream Queen” Bianca Barnett, who has acted in “Albino Farm” and “The Crawling Dead” among other horror movies. The Scream Contest is edited down to just the meaty highlights, which are rather ear-splitting.
We then slide into an interview with Rob “RJ” Haddy, who was the only reason to watch seasons two and five of the SyFy FX Make Up competition, “Face Off.” Rob tells us of a new movie project that he wants to film here in West Virginia. “Family Business” will tell the tale of a young boy sent to live with his three strange uncles who run a mortuary. The IndieGoGo campaign Rob mentions has ended, but you can follow his progress on the movie here.
Following RJ, The Big Bad returns with another horror-punking song, “The Omen,” based on the movie of the same name. Not many folks know this, but “The Omen” is about a kid who grows up to found The Tea Party.
It’s hard to follow The Big Bad, but we try with our piercing, insightful interview with a Dalek. Daleks hardly ever grant interviews to web-based music and animation shows, so this was quite a coup. Unfortunately Dalek didn’t really open up until after the cameras stopped rolling, when he dished the dirt on Robot B9’s drinking problem and the messy affair between R2D2 and Louie from “Silent Running.”
After the Dalek, we launch into the first of two numbers by The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque. With music by Pepper Fandango and Cat Schroedinger (with Leo Tuxedo joining in on the first song) we will see a montage that presents the dancing of Penny Maple, Pepper Fandango and Elle Xombeah.
We then have two interviews, first with Eliska Hahn, who played Nova in “Invasion of the Space Preachers” and then with Daniel Boyd, who directed said movie, along with “Chillers,” “Paradise Park” and about a million documentaries before moving into the world of graphic novels. We get some exciting news about a possible future project.
Next we return to The Wayward Girls, for a second number that includes a montage of dancing by Lilli Lugosi (with Leo Tuxedo), Cat Schroedinger and Ruby Rouge. It would have been cool to bring you all Wayward Girls routines in full, but then the show would have been twenty minutes longer.
We segue out of the Burlesque and into The Renfields, first with an interview with Vincent Renfield himself, then with two killer songs, “Forbidden Planet” and “Invisible Man.” Between this episode, the last one and our RFC MINI SHOW, we’ve brought you five great Renfields songs in three weeks. That ought to whet your appetite for their new album, which is coming by New Years.
Playing us out this week is video of the Zombie Dance Flashmob. Now, at Shocka-Con they danced to music for which we could not obtain the rights to use. I didn’t want to leave the efforts of Lee’s Studio of Dance on the cutting room floor, so I replaced the music with a mix of royalty-free compositions and found weirdness. In fact, with the edit of music I came up with here, I would say that Radio Free Charleston has lived up to our “Mind-hurting Weirdness” tagline.
With this, you might think our coverage of Shocka-Con is finished, but you’d be wrong. Next week the RFC MINI SHOW goes back to the Shocka-Con well one more time with two great songs from HarraH. Until then, check out this show, and be sure to take a look at the PopCult Instant Video of the 2013 HallowEast Zombie Walk. You can see both at the bottom of this post before the links.